German GP – Alonso fights tooth and nail for fifth

German GP – Alonso fights tooth and nail for fifth

Hockenheim, 20 July –Mixed fortunes for Scuderia Ferrari in the German Grand Prix: Fernando Alonso fought tooth and nail all race long, to finish a strong fifth. Kimi Raikkonen went well in the first stint, but then slipped down the order in the second to finish outside the points.
The Safety Car came out immediately after the start after Magnussen and Massa collided, with the Brazilian’s car tipping over. Alonso therefore moved up to fourth on the opening lap, while Kimi also got away well to go eighth.

The first pit stops mixed up the order: while the top ten had to start on Supersofts, Kimi was on the Soft and thus running longer, so when Fernando and Vettel found themselves behind the Finn and, as they went either side of him, they bounced off one another, Kimi sustaining front wing damage.

Alonso and Vettel kept close company up to two thirds distance. Vettel then made an early final stop to get the edge over the Ferrari man, who then had a thrilling 3 lap duel with Ricciardo in the other Red Bull, the Australian twice passing the Spaniard, but Fernando eventually made it stick. After a difficult middle stint, Kimi was unable to climb back into the points. Championship leader Nico Rosberg won for the fourth time this year for Mercedes. Second was Valtteri Bottas in the Williams ahead of Lewis Hamilton who went from 20th to third. Next Sunday it’s time for the Hungarian GP on the outskirts of Budapest.

 

Race

Pos. Time Gap Laps FL L
ALONSO 5th 1:34:35.381 + 52.467 67 1.20.548 57
Pit-stop 1st stop Lap 12 New Soft
2nd stop Lap 33 New Soft
3rd stop Lap 55 Old Supersoft
RAIKKONEN 11th 1:34:01.664 + 1 lap 677..111 1.21.338 55
Pit-stop 1st stop Lap 20 New Supersoft
2nd stop Lap 34 Old Soft
3rd stop Lap 53 Old Supersoft

Weather: air 25/27 °C, track 30/32 °C. Cloudy

Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
1 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 67 Winner 1 25
2 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 67 +20.7 secs 2 18
3 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 67 +22.5 secs 20 15
4 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 67 +44.0 secs 6 12
5 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 67 +52.4 secs 7 10
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 67 +52.5 secs 5 8
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 67 +64.1 secs 9 6
8 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 67 +84.7 secs 11 4
9 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 66 +1 Lap 4 2
10 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 66 +1 Lap 10 1
11 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 66 +1 Lap 12
12 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 66 +1 Lap 18
13 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 66 +1 Lap 13
14 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 66 +1 Lap 16
15 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 66 +1 Lap 17
16 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 65 +2 Laps 19
17 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 65 +2 Laps 21
18 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 65 +2 Laps 22
Ret 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 47 Spin 15
Ret 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 44 +23 Laps 8
Ret 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 26 +41 Laps 14
Ret 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 0 Accident 3
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